Group Executive Committee

Our executive team (GEC)

Here, you can have a read of our executive team bios.

Barry O'Dwyer

Mr. O'Dwyer joined Royal London in September 2019 as Group Chief Executive. He has extensive experience in financial services, having started his career at a mutual insurance group in 1988. He trained and qualified as an actuary and held a number of senior management positions in both the UK and Ireland. Prior to joining Royal London, he was CEO of Pensions & Savings and a director of Standard Life plc. Mr. O'Dwyer also plays a prominent role in the industry, sitting on the board of the Association of British Insurers.

Isobel Langton

Isobel Langton has been leading our Intermediary business as CEO since 2014. Isobel is a member of GEC and reports directly to Phil Loney our Group CEO. Isobel’s background is steeped in life and pensions. Having worked for Irish Life in a number of roles in the UK, she joined Royal London in 2000 shortly after it acquired United Assurance Group (UAG) where she was responsible for integrating customer service for all of Royal London and UAG. She then moved to Scottish Life as a member of their leadership team focusing on customer experience, with roles leading Customer Services teams and Business Transformation initiatives. In June 2012 Isobel was appointed as the Group Customer Services Director, where she brought together the Customer Service businesses across our life and pensions brands.

Nick Meikle

Nick Meikle joined Royal London Group in September 2014, and was appointed as the Director of Group Technology and Change in September 2015. Nick has spent more than 20 years in technology and change related roles, primarily within UK Financial Services. He was previously a Senior Executive with Accenture, where he spent more than 16 years. Immediately prior to joining Royal London Group, Nick was freelance, running a number of major transformation programmes within the UK Insurance industry.

Nicky Riding

Nicky Riding joined in October 2016 as the Group People Director and as a member of GEC. She reports directly to Barry O'Dwyer. Nicky has considerable industry and technical expertise, gained from a variety of roles in Cable & Wireless, Royal Bank of Scotland and Discovery Communications. Most recently she was People Director, UK, Europe and Strategic Corporate Centre at Standard Life where she supported the executive in delivering a transformational people agenda.

Jerry Toher

Jerry Toher joined Royal London Group in 2011 as CEO of MoneyVista. He was appointed to his present position of CEO Consumer Division in June 2012, launching our new D2C business in 2014. Jerry has extensive marketing and leadership experience in retail financial services, has led a number of new business launches and is an advocate of customer insight, innovation and digital marketing. His previous roles include Marketing Director of NatWest and RBS retail banking, Marketing Director and Managing Director at as well as other senior roles in RBS, Prudential and N&P Building Society.

Andrew Carter

Andrew joined Royal London Asset Management in September 2001 as Chief Investment Officer. In September 2003 he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer with overall responsibility for RLAM’s corporate strategy and delivery.

Andrew began his investment management career in 1983 with Provident Life as a UK Equity Analyst while also assisting in the running of their property portfolio. In 1985 Andrew joined Mercantile & General Reinsurance, managing a variety of both equity and fixed income portfolios, before moving on two years later to become Continental European Fund manager at Gartmore. After successfully managing pan-European portfolios, Andrew became Gartmore’s Head of UK Institutional Equities in 1997, prior to his appointment as overall Head of UK Equities in 1999. Andrew graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Modern History and Economics.

James McCourt

James joined Royal London in 2012. Before his appointment as Chief Risk Officer in 2019, he held a number of key leadership roles - including Group Chief Conduct Officer (RMLIS), Chief Risk Officer (RLAM)  and Director of the Investment Office. Passionate about the financial services industry - in particular the role of risk management in creating strategic advantage - James has worked across a number of sectors, having held senior roles in private equity, banking and insurance firms. With more than 20 years of experience, he focuses on ensuring a robust control environment is also an enabler of first-class customer service.

James is a past lecturer at Glasgow University on Investment and Taxation. He holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh and completed the Strategic Asset Management course at London Business School.

Jon Glen

Jon Glen has been working for Royal London since 2005 and was appointed to the GEC as Group Operations Director in November 2018. Jon’s previous roles for the Group include being Commercial Director for the Scottish Provident and Bright Grey protection business and Managing Director of Royal London Ireland. Jon has  extensive experience of transforming operational functions and leading major programmes. He has previously held senior roles within sales and outsourcing organisations and spent 6 years as a Trustee Director for Irish Pension schemes.